Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer invests in Africa


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted London-based Gabriel Mpubani and Dubai-based Rob Cant in a move that further strengthens its highly regarded Africa practice.

They will join the partnership on 1 May 2016.

Mpubani is a leading member of the firm’s Africa group and served as the Head of the Africa Desk in Asia during his two years in the firm’s Singapore office.

He specialises in the development and financing of infrastructure and energy and natural resource projects around the world, with much of his work in Africa and regularly represents governments, private sponsors and lenders on their most critical matters in these areas.

Cant is a corporate lawyer with a particular focus on advising private equity investors and other financial sponsors.

He regularly advises on transactions across North and sub-Saharan Africa and has established himself as one of the most active international private equity lawyers operating on the continent.

Cant was singled-out as a Rising Star by IFLR in both 2014 and 2015 and his work has also achieved recognition in each of Chambers and Legal500.

He is part of our team that won M&A Team of the Year at the African Legal Awards in 2015 and led the team that closed Private Equity Africa’s Landmark Deal of the Year in 2014.

“We are delighted to welcome Rob and Gabriel to the partnership. There is no doubt that Africa, like many other markets globally faces many significant short-term challenges as well as offering immense opportunities – Rob and Gabriel’s appointment will further strengthen our ability to help our clients deal with  these,” comments Shawn der Kinderen, Freshfields Africa Group Co-Head.

“This is a fascinating time to be working on major projects across Africa as we help our clients realise their objectives while solving for Africa’s particular risks. We have a highly capable Africa practice, and I look forward to working closely with Shawn, Rob and my other partners in further strengthening our proposition as the international law firm of choice for clients in Africa.”

“This is a very exciting time for Freshfields in Africa and I am very pleased to be part of such a dynamic team.  This team has been recognised both with awards and by our continued instruction on some of the most significant transactions on the continent and benefits from close working relationships with leading lawyers across Africa at our StrongerTogether firms,” adds Rob.

“I am confident that we will continue to be the firm that our clients turn to for the mandates that matter most to them in Africa.”


About Author

Bontle Moeng is the Founder and Managing Director of BizNis Africa. Moeng has spent 16 years working in the digital and online media industry across Africa. She applied her trade at True Love magazine prior to discovering her passion for Investment news in key sectors across Africa. Moeng previously worked for ITWeb, Starfish Mobile Technologies, ITNewsAfrica, AVATAR Agency, eNitiate, Global Interface Consulting and Havas Johannesburg. Her primary focus is to provide solid and valuable content on investment opportunities for the ICT, Energy and Mining sectors across Africa. In addition, the online news publication assists global companies to expand their presence in Africa. Email:

Leave A Reply